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09:46 PM, February 22, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 09:55 PM, February 22, 2020

Rare Nilgai rescued in Chapainawabganj

A rare Nilgai, once believed to be extinct, was rescued by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members from Chapainawabganj's Shibganj upazila yesterday night.

BGB members spotted the nilgai, the largest antelope in Asia, just 150 yards away from border pillars in Masudpur village around 10:00am, reports our Chapainawabganj correspondent quoting BGB members.

The animal was handed over to the wildlife conservation department of the Bangladesh Forest Department, said Lt Col Mahbubur Rahman Khan, commanding officer (CO) of Battalion-53.

A team led by forester Ashraful Islam received the animal and took it to Rajshahi.

The nilgai was declared extinct in Bangladesh by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Earlier, local administration of Jotbazar village of Naogaon's Manda upazila rescued a female Nilgai on January 22, 2019.

The forest department rescued another female Nilgai from Thakurgaon in 2018.

Nilgais were found in the north of Bangladesh until 1940s when they were last sighted in Tetulia and afterwards were declared extinct from this country.

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